Acadiana Education Briefs for May 8, 2013

ULL offers various
summer sessions

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has added more sections of classes and flexible semester options for its summer sessions.

In addition to the traditional eight-week summer semester, the university offers two four-week sessions; two three-week sessions; and a two-week intersession.

Summer session registration is underway.

Classes for the summer intersession begin May 19 and end June 4.

The full summer session begins June 10 and ends Aug. 2.

The first three-week session begins June 10 and ends June 28 while the second three-week session begins July 8 and ends July 26.

The first four-week session begins June 10 and ends July 5, and the second four-week session begins July 8 and ends Aug. 2.

Students interested in the university’s “Summer Visitors” program, which also offers course options for students pursuing degrees at another university, should submit an online application for admission or call (337) 482-6729.

For a summer 2013 schedule, deadlines and registration information, visit http://registrar.louisiana.edu.

Bomb threats prompt
warning from Cooper

Lafayette Parish school Superintendent Pat Cooper warned students and parents Monday of the criminal and financial ramifications of making bomb threats in the wake of “pressure cooker” bomb threats found on restroom stalls at two middle schools last week.

Broussard police responded to a bomb threat Thursday after a report that a student had written that there was a “pressure-cooker bomb” on the campus. On Friday, a similar threat referencing a “pressure-cooker bomb” on campus was discovered in a restroom at L.J. Alleman Middle School.

Lafayette police SWAT team members and Lafayette firefighters also investigated.

Both cases remain under investigation and no arrests have been made. It was the second bomb threat reported at L.J. Alleman this school year.

School officials asked parents to “talk to their children to make sure they understand the severity of making these threats.”

The students responsible could face criminal charges as well as expulsion, and their parents may have to pay restitution for the cost of the police search and school evacuation.

“We need students to understand that these are not harmless pranks — the police will continue to investigate these cases and any student found to be involved will face very serious consequences,” Cooper said in news release.

Private teacher
forums to continue

Lafayette Parish school system teachers have four more opportunities to meet with Superintendent Pat Cooper and district administrators during “Faculty Forums” planned through May 13.

The private forums were organized for teachers to learn more about the district turnaround plan and receive updates on factors affecting the system, and for discussion and feedback.

Teachers are encouraged to register for a forum online via Coursewhere.

Remaining forums are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Judice Middle School.

Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N.P. Moss Prep.

Thursday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at N.P. Moss Prep.

Monday: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Lafayette Middle School.

The meetings are closed to the public and media to provide a “free exchange of information and ideas,” school system officials said in a news release.

Compiled from
Acadiana bureau reports
and news releases.